Ramsey Announces Solution for Joy Baluch Bridge
Posted on Monday, 7 May, 2018
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is delighted with the allocation of $160m in
the 2018 Budget for the duplication of the Joy Baluch Bridge in Port Augusta.
“I have worked
hard on a solution for the bridge advocating strongly with Ministers Joyce,
Chester, Fletcher and McCormack.
Government and the Prime Minister have recognised the importance of this issue which
needs a solution to improve safety for the community.
safety on the bridge has been a longstanding concern and exacerbated since the
closure of the Great Western Bridge where more pedestrians and cyclists were
forced to use the Joy Baluch Bridge,” he said.
is the key crossing to access the Upper Spencer Gulf and the only viable link
between east and west Port Augusta. Emergency services can be sidelined if
traffic is interrupted on the bridge and Yorkeys Crossing is subject to
frequent closures when wet.
negotiate a solution has been a hard haul with the previous State Government so
it is refreshing now to have a new Marshall Government keen to work with the
Federal Government to find long-term answers to the tough issues.”
has met with residents and resident groups in Port Augusta on several occasions
to gauge local priorities in finding a solution.
duplication of the bridge has always been the best long-term, permanent solution
and I am very pleased this has now been announced.”
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 02 6277 4967
May 7 2018